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Fighting erupts in Waziristan once again

world Updated: Aug 09, 2007 00:37 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

Fierce fighting has once again erupted in North Waziristan with the Pakistan Army claiming that it has killed about 10 pro-Taliban militants in the tribal region. The fighting comes ahead of a grand tribal jirga (meeting) in Kabul on Thursday.

According to the Pakistani Army, the dead included suspected foreign fighters. Troops had launched an attack in the area on Tuesday, backed by helicopter gunships and artillery.

The fighting began in Degan, 27km from the main town of the region, Miranshah. The security forces targeted the militant compound in Degan after receiving “credible intelligence that miscreants were present there”, the army said.

Witnesses said that helicopters destroyed three houses. They said the army was using mortars and artillery too.

At least three civilians were hurt in the shelling but most people had already left the affected area, having feared an assault. Violence flared in North Waziristan earlier this month when tribal leaders ended a truce with the government after troops stormed the Lal Masjid in Islamabad.

More than 200 people have been killed in the escalating violence in Pakistan since troops stormed the mosque in July.